Vegan Recipe: Potato and Baby Spinach Stir-fry

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Stir-fry dishes are my favorite types of recipes because they can be prepared and cooked rather quickly. Last Friday I created this recipe from leftovers in the fridge. This recipe serves one, if you are not dining alone (Like I normally am, not complaining just explaining.) then double the ingredients and coking times to serve two, triple to serve three and so on and so forth.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

5 Fingerling Potatoes (I used some that were already roasted but raw ones will work just as well.)

2 C Unchopped Baby Spinach

1 T crushed garlic

1 C Red Peppers

1/4 C Black beans (canned)

1/3 C Parsley

1/2 C Jalapeños (canned)

1/2 C Hummus

1/3 C Slivered Almonds (pre-slivered)

1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 C Water

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Cooking Instructions

Peel and slice the potatoes, slice the red peppers, wash the baby spinach chop the parsley and peel and crush the garlic.

Coat a medium frying pan with Olive Oil. Throw in the potatoes on medium-low heat, add water and cover for three minutes. Uncover and add the red peppers. Stir the contents of the pan on medium low heat for five minutes. Add in the garlic and jalapeños, stir everything again for three minutes. Throw in the baby spinach and black beans, then cover the the pan for thirty seconds. Uncover the pan, stir all contents again for one minute and take the food off of the heat and put it on a plate. Dollop the hummus on top of the stir-fry, then sprinkle the slivered almonds and parsley all over the plate and the recipe is complete!

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INTERVIEW: YOGI, ENTREPRENUER & CREATOR OF CANNABIS ART FLOW SAVANNAH RIVERA

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A few weeks ago I had the privilege of interviewing Savannah Rivera. She is the founder of Cannabis Art Flow, a FREE (yes, free!!) 420 friendly event in Pico Rivera, California which is located about 11 miles from Downtown Los Angeles. Cannabis Art Flow is a mini-festival that showcases various vendors from the weed industry, health and wellness industry, vegan food vendors, second hand clothes vendors, musicians, henna tattoo artists and more. Savannah is a Yoga teacher and will be teaching a free class at the event. Savannah also hosts a Puff N’Paint class (sort of like a wine and paint class but with Cannabis instead of alcohol) and is one half of the entrepreneurial duo known on Instagram as @theoilymamass. Savannah and her best friend, Adriana Torrez sell Doterra brand essential oils and teach classes on their benefits. They offer the classes at a physical location and also do Facetime consultations for those who are not able to or prefer not to leave the comfort of their own homes.

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How long have you been practicing Yoga?

6-7 years

What type of Yoga do you practice?

Hatha Yoga. I teach other styles but I always go back to Hatha. My teacher that certified me practices it. I’ts about deep stretching, honoring the pose and your body. 

What are the most common questions or issues  that students approach you with?

“I’m not flexible enough.”  “I’m too tight.”  “I cant touch the floor.” I was unable to to do certain things when I first started but I just kept doing it. You don’t need to do things perfectly, because Yoga practice is about honoring your body and listening to your limits. 

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At what age can people start learning Yoga?

I have a four-year-old niece and she does certain poses and headstands. Both her parents practice Yoga, mostly when they are around me. I wish I started way younger. I think it is  important for people at a young age because Yoga is more than just stretching. It helps you mentally, emotionally, all over….mind, body, and soul.

When did you discover the power of essential oils?

I started dabbling in them because of Yoga. My teacher had all of the oils. I never knew they had benefits, I just thought they smelled good. 

My best friend got in to Doterra because she just had a child and she wanted to use non toxic products on her child so we started the Doterra business together. Her daughter loves the oils.

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SAVANNAH POSES WITH HER BEST FRIEND ADRIANA TORREZ CO-FOUNDER OF THE OILY MAMASS

What is Doterra? 

They are the top oil company in the world. They have essential oil, essential oil products. Instead of sleeping pills you can take oil in capsule form. They do third party testing to ensure quality and their products aid in weight loss, depression and anxiety. 

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Which oil can you not live without?

Wild Orange Peppermint and Deep Blue. Deep blue is a mix of Peppermint and Wintergreen.

Why does Doterra  sell blended oils in addition to just the single essential oils?

I mixed Orange Lemon and Eucalyptus to get multiple benefits in one. Blending gives you more benefits.

Are all types of marijuana consumption allowed at Cannabis Art Flow?

At the last one people dabbed. They were discreet and respectful. All types of consumption is allowed. We have Cannabis vendors that sell flowers and edibles and other (THC infused)  products like scrubs & more skin care products like bath bombs. 

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How long have you been consuming cannabis?

Since I was 16

How has cannabis enhanced your life?

I have chronic pain and smoking marijuana relaxes me, especially when it is at a 10 and I don’t want to take a Valium. It has helped me manage my pain as well as yoga and also helps with my mood. I battle from time to time with depression. Cannabis opens my eyes to situations that I handled one way and then realized they could have been handled differently.

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Weed friendly festivals like Cannabis Art Flow can be a very profitable for vendors, but even more so for the parties hosting them. I very much admire that you are allowing people access to the event at no charge when so many people wold just look a it with dollar signs in their eyes. Why did you choose to make it free?

The first Cannabis Art Flows I hosted I did charge people and I felt it was not fair. I thought about it….probably when I was smoking and thought if I was spending money to buy a ticket to get in, to buy food and other things I would want it to be free. I think it helps my vendors and more people come if it is free. I always see events I want to go to but the price makes me think they are not for me.

Would you consider yourself a feminist?

Yes I would.

What would you say to a young woman that said she was not a feminist because she personally has not seen or experienced misogyny?

Even though they may feel they may not have  experienced the Patriarchy those things (misogyny) do happen and the victims need a voice. Women need to unite together and let our voices be heard.  

Who is your favorite female singer?

Janis Joplin. When I was little I had a very raspy voice and my mom would always tell me I had the voice of this female rock star. I grew up listening to her and probably thought I was her at some point. 

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And Lauren Hill because I love what she says and how she says it. She has got a good flow.

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What is your favorite genre of music?

I go back and forth with so many. I love classic rock and roll, The Rolling Stones, The Doors are some of my favorites. Sometimes r&b and hip hop, jazz, funk, I am very much influenced by my parents.

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Do you have a favorite painter?

When I was in elementary one of our classes was art and I studied Edgar Dega. He draws a lot of ballerinas now a lot of my friends are great painters i have a ton of friends that are artists and some of them will be leading the puff and paint class.

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Spend a day with anyone doing all of your favorite things?

Andrew Sealy, he is positive and uplifting and I feel that he could help my practice grow. Like my grandfather who passed 10 years ago. I think I would have a lot in common with him (my grandfather) he was really spiritual, had the ying and yang necklace. He practiced a little yoga bu mostly Tai Chi. Almost all of my cousins and I have yin and yang tattoos.

 

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If you could hot box with anyone, living or dead who would it be?

Bob Marley definitely popped up in my head.

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Final thoughts?

YOGA IS FOR EVERYBODY

People have called me a yogi master but I feel that I am not that. There are some poses I cannot do and I am ok with that. I love learning and getting deeply in to who I really am and shedding different layers. I have a new student that is blind, he knew what he was doing. It challenged me as a yoga teacher because I always rely on people looking at me and I had to give more detailed instructions. It was so cool that his disability did not stop him he had a really good practice.

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Thank you everyone for stopping by the blog and special thanks to Savannah for welcoming me in to her home and allowing me to conduct this interview.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 15th! This is the date of the next Cannabis Art Flow. Not in to Cannabis? No problem! Come to check out some beautiful spiritual music, learn more about essential oils, yoga, shop sustainable fashion or just enjoy some delicious vegan food.

Would you like to see more content on  cannabis culture, music, femenism, veganism and sustainable vintage inspired fashion? Then  follow us on Instagram  by clicking here–> @karmicvintageYou can also keep up with us on Facebook by liking our Facebook page just click here.

Click on any of the Instagram handles below to keep up with Cannabis Art Flow, Savannah Rivera and Savannah’s partner in awesomeness Adriana Torrez.

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5 Reasons You Should Eat Cucumber Everyday

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Since childhood I have always loved cucumbers but lately I have been obsessed with them. I try to incorporate them in to my breakfast almost everyday and try to carry them around as a snack when I go skateboarding or am going to be away from home for more than a couple of hours. Here is a list I put together of  5 reasons you should eat cucumber everyday.

BONE STRENGTH

Cucumbers contain a pretty impressive assortment of minerals and vitamins. One mineral in particular, silica is important for the health and strength of your bones. Dr. Susan E. Brown PhD is a medical anthropologist and nutritionist that recently posted an interesting article (which I’ll link to at the end of the post) on http://www.betterbones.com that stated that non-western populations with higher silica intake have lower incidences of hip fractures.

 

DIGESTION

Raw cucumbers facilitate digestion. According to http://www.berkeleywellnes.com, cucumbers are 96% water.  Sufficient  water intake is integral in order for the  digestive system to function properly. If you eat the cucumbers with peels on them then you are also increasing your intake of fiber, another essential part of proper digestion.

HYDRATION

Since cucumbers are 96% water, snacking on them during the day is  great way to add more water consumption to your daily routine.

 

BRAIN HEALTH

Fetisin is a flavonol found in cucumbers. Studies on mice have shown that fisetin, which was fed to mice that have Alzheimer’s, helped to prevent impairments in memory and learning. I am not a scientist so I can not tell you if this phenomenon translates exactly the same to the human brain but it is definitely worth trying as other studies with mice have often shown a correlation.

CUCUMBERS HELP LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE

A whole cucumber (raw) has only 6 grams of sodium. A diet high in sodium is a leading contributor to hypertension or high blood pressure. Whenever you are in  the mood for your favorite salty snack I recommend substituting it with cucumber instead. As mentioned before cucumbers are very filling, unlike most non vegan snacks that are heavily marketed by the mass media. Try squirting a little bit of lemon or lime on some cucumber slices and a dash of hot sauce if your palette wants something fancier. If you are not ready to completely give up your salty delights try just eating half of what you would normally consume and slice up half a cucumber to substitute the other half. Sometimes healthy habits are difficult to keep up if you don’t ease in to them, but everyone is different so if you want to do the whole substitution have at it.

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